tee·​ter-tot·​ter ˈtē-tər-ˌtä-tər How to pronounce teeter-totter (audio)

Examples of teeter-totter in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teeter-totter was circa 1905

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“Teeter-totter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teeter-totter. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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